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Work is inhumane. It shouldn’t be.

A manifesto for a human-centered future of work

Technology was supposed to empower us.

Instead, it’s exponentially increased the expectation for output, turning us into thinking robots.

People are contradictory, complex, emotional. We’re born dreamers. We were meant for more than the rigid, inflexible systems that were supposed to accelerate our collective potential.

The problem lies not in the quantity of work but the nature of it: we waste so much human potential to needlessly complex systems with no clear end. Even worse, nothing is connected. It’s why managers spend an average of 40% of their time on administrative tasks.

The human side of work — everything from hiring to management to promotion to severance — is not very human at all. It’s made up of valuable data locked away in disconnected systems inaccessible to almost everyone.

We’re surrounded by rigid, inflexible systems. Photo by author.

We have the data — we just don’t look at it.

Together, that data can tell the story of who you are in the workplace. Thousands of data points that paint the picture of what you create, why you’re here, what you hope to achieve — that help all of us understand one another.

And yet, while it’s needed now more than ever, it’s horribly underutilized. We waste time asking the same questions and storing the same answers away where we’ll never see them again.

We often ask those questions too late, after someone has already left unexpectedly. We should have seen it coming. We had the data — but we didn’t look at it. It’s a growing, multi-billion dollar problem.

The workday was built for the industrial age, where people clocked in and out of an office for days of monotonous work. Now, we work from anywhere, and we measure success by results, not 40 hour weeks. We bring our full selves to work because that’s what drives all of us forward. Companies are nothing without people.

So, we got to thinking.

Instead of building entirely new, rigid, complex systems, we would build the first workforce AI to connect them — making people data usable for everyone. Starting with an employee profile, we lean into the human flow of the workday, keeping everyone up-to-date and connected without wasting time.

It’s time we use technology to embrace a new workday — one that’s built for humans. This is the world we’re building at Helm — the first AI for humanizing the workday.



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Kai McKinney

Kai McKinney


I’m obsessed with taking things apart, creating new ideas, and figuring out how teams work. Also, my love for good music knows no bounds.